SALLY Lorimore (pictured right) and Kate Elliott (left) from the Fife branch of gardening charity, Scotland’s Gardens (SG), have been digging in, in a bid to help prepare some of the thousands of plants due to go on sale, soon, for charity in north east Fife.
True to SG’s: ‘Growing and Giving’ motto, its Fife Diamond Garden Festival (May 18 – 20) aims to raise thousands of pounds for the St Andrews-based Association for International Cancer Research and other SG beneficiary charities which include Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. One £20 ticket gets you through the gates of 12 of Fife’s most interesting gardens, stretching from the River Tay to the Firth of Forth. There’s still time to book yours, either from Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns, or online from Scotland’s Gardens www.scotlandsgardens.org
A highlight of the festival will be the ‘mega’ plant sale at Barham, the 18th century Bow of Fife home of Sir Robert and Lady Spencer-Nairn. Thousands of pounds’ worth of plants, many of them not easily available, will be up for grabs. Given Lady Spencer-Nairn’s reputation as a consummate plantswoman, enthusiasts can be sure of finding a variety of unusual and interesting examples there.
SG is also launching another new venture in May, a spring plant sale at St Andrews Botanic Gardens on Sunday, May 6. Entry is free and proceeds go to the Friends of the Botanic Garden and other SG beneficiaries.